SINGAPORE (June 18): Most companies setting up a division overseas struggle to find the right talent to fill their offices. However, customer experience management firm Aegis had no such difficulties when it set up its office in Iskandar, Johor a year ago. Within the first three months, the company was able to hire 500 people. More than 90% of them were locals from Johor.

Aegis is one of 16 companies benefiting from the burgeoning talent pool in Iskandar Malaysia, via the Global Business Services Iskandar programme. GBS Iskandar was launched by i2M Ventures, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Malaysia’s government investment agency Khazanah Nasional, to advise and assist businesses that are setting up their operations in Iskandar Puteri, particularly shared services such as knowledge process outsourcing, business process outsourcing and IT process outsourcing.


The partnership signing between ACCA director of strategic partnerships Stephen Shields (right) and Zulfiqar (left) at Jen Hotel, Puteri Harbour in Johor

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